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Saxton Oval

5 Saxton Oval Nelson Cricket Ground, Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand

Saxton Oval also known as Saxton Field is a cricket ground in Saxton, Stoke, Nelson Region, New Zealand. Saxton Oval was one of the venues for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. It hosted three matches during the tournament.

The ground was constructed by the Nelson Cricket Association following their move from Trafalgar Park, at a cost of $3.8 million.

Saxton Oval has ICC (International Cricket Council) accreditation for international cricket games. In 2014 the Oval hosted the Black Caps v West Indies and in 2015 hosted three Cricket World Cup games. The Cricket Association reports they are happy with the playing surface and with the ground being prepared to international standards. The wicket was constructed of special clay from Waikari in North Canterbury that is renowned for its true and consistent bounce.

The new pavilion is located with viewing areas over the athletics track, soccer pitch and cricket oval. In combination with the existing cricket oval, utility building and practice wicket the pavilion meets New Zealand Cricket Warrant of Fitness Guidelines for all first-class cricket matches. The pavilion was also designed so that it met New Zealand athletics requirements for meetings. The requirements of soccer for National League competitions are also met.

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